I’m not sure I understand voters like Bill Hatchett. In his Aug. 27 letter, Hatchett implies that he is a moderate (middle of the bell curve). He believes in “education, financial responsibility, strong military, diplomacy and human rights.” Hatchett “particularly” believes in women’s rights — including the right “to make their own choices about their body.” I too believe in those things.

What I cannot figure out is how someone with Hatchett’s political views could possibly be a registered Republican as he says he is. There is literally NO republican candidate for any office anywhere in the United States (from dog catcher up) who professes all of the aforesaid beliefs. In fact, most Republicans go out of their way to tell us how much they oppose many of the things that Hatchett listed.

I keep telling my daughter that, once upon a time, there was such a thing as a moderate (or even liberal) Republican. Nelson Rockefeller comes to mind. Now, any hint of moderation automatically disqualifies you from the Republican nomination. Ohio Gov. John Kasich is in favor of a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants and recently said that he would not cancel President Barack Obama’s deal with Iran if he is elected president. Kasich is now officially toast. He cannot possibly compete with The Donald, Jeb! or El Cruz-meister.

These days, moderate Republican candidates are slightly more elusive than unicorns.

Oh, if only the world could be as Mr. Hatchett wants it to be. Alas, it is not.

Michael Hale IT consultant Baton Rouge